Dr Peter Cserne

Dr Peter Cserne
Dr Peter Cserne

Dr Peter Cserne

dr iur, MSc, LLM, PhD, dr habil, FHEA


Accepting PhDs


Taylor Building Room C32

King's College



AB24 3UB

United Kingdom


Péter Cserne has joined the University of Aberdeen as a reader in law in June 2020.

A lawyer and economist by training, he has published widely on jurisprudence, economic analysis of law, contract law and theory, as well as the history of legal and political thought.

Previously he taught at Northumbria and Hull Universities in England, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary.

Péter earned his Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has held visiting positions at Columbia, Oxford, Toronto, and Genoa Universities and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private Law in Hamburg. He is an Extramural Fellow of Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) and the founder and convener of MetaLawEcon, an international academic network for research on the foundations of Law & Economics.  


  • PhD Law 
    2008 - University of Hamburg 
  • Dr habil Law 
    2016 - University of Debrecen  
    Habilitation or venia legendi is a post-doctoral qualification required for a professorship.

External Memberships


Prizes and Awards

Best thesis award, European Master in Law and Economics, 2004


Research Overview

  • jurisprudence
  • law and economics
  • contract law from comparative, philosophical and economic perspectives
  • private law theory
  • history of political and legal thought, especially Max Weber and Central and Eastern Europe

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Comparative Law
  • Private Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Intellectual History
  • Sociology of Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  • nudging and behavioural interventions as regulatory techniques
  • new technologies and algorithms as objects and alternatives of regulation by law


2010– MetaLawEcon research network (founder and convenor, with F Esposito, A Stojanovic, F Figueroa Zimmermann)

2015–9 Law and style: Conceptualising ‘style’ in law and legal scholarship, with Viktor LÅ‘rincz and Miklós Könczöl (Institute for Legal Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

2016–8 Sustainable consumption: Information regulation, consumer democracy, and the rule of law, with Jörn Reinhardt (University of Bremen)

2009–12 Convergence and Divergence of National Legal Systems: coping with the challenges of globalization, project leader Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University), funded by The Hague Institute for Internationalisation of Law


My current supervision areas are: Law.

Past PhD supervision

David Bull: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Standard Form Contracts in Business Transactions, University Hull (2019)

Jan Broulík: Economics in Legal Decision-Making, Tilburg University, Netherlands (2017)

Funding and Grants

  • 3480€ Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (with Hans-Bernd Schäfer) for international conference on “Economics and Philosophy in Private Law Theory”, 5–6 July 2019
  • 3250€ European University Institute (EUI), Florence (with Fabrizio Esposito) for international conference on “Economic Law and Economic Theory: Defining the Domain of “Law and Economics”, 12–13 December 2018
  • 5000€ University of Hamburg “Competence Centre Sustainable University” (with Jörn Reinhardt) for international conference on “Sustainable consumption: Information regulation, consumer behaviour, and the rule of law”, 7–8 September 2017
  • 4500€ University of Amsterdam, Paul Scholten Centre and Centre for Law and Economics (with Bas Schotel) for international conference on “Law and coercion: the role of public and private enforcement in law”, 10–11 December 2015
  • 1.600.000 HUF stipend for 4 months visiting fellowship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies, Budapest, Oct 2015– Jan 2016
  • € 7500 ZiF (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research), Bielefeld, competitive grant for conference organization, 2012

Teaching Responsibilities

Course coordinator:

  • LS2536 Introduction to Comparative Law 
  • LS2540 Comparative Law II: The Romano-Germanic Tradition 
  • LS502K Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions

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  • Review of ‘Die Mitte zwischen Holz und Theologie. Eine Art Bilanz, by Ralf Dreier’

    Cserne, P.
    Jurisprudence, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 117-121
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Discourses on Judicial Formalism in Central and Eastern Europe: Symptom of an Inferiority Complex?

    Cserne, P.
    European Review, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 880-891
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Wine and bottles: Some remarks on “The Two Blades of Occam’s Razor in Economics: Logical and Heuristic” by Giandomenica Becchio

    Cserne, P.
    Economic Thought, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 18-23
    Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
  • Economic approaches to legal reasoning: An overview

    Cserne, P.
    Economics in Legal Reasoning. Cserne, P., Esposito, F. (eds.). 1st edition. Palgrave, pp. 25-41, 16 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Economics in Legal Reasoning

    Cserne, P. (ed.), Esposito, F. (ed.)
    Palgrave, Cham. 159 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • The Uneasy Case for Parsimony in (Law and) Economics: Conceptual, Empirical and Normative Arguments

    Cserne, P.
    Global Jurist, vol. 19, no. 3, 20190001
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Why care about 'style' in legal scholarship?

    Cserne, P.
    International Journal of Law in Context, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 241-245
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Conceptualising 'style' in legal scholarship: The curious case of Zweigert's 'style doctrine'

    Cserne, P.
    International Journal of Law in Context, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 297-309
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Knowledge claims in Law and Economics: Gaps and bridges between theoretical and practical rationality

    Cserne, P.
    Law and Economics as Interdisciplinary Exchange. Cserne, P., Małecka, M. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 9-30, 22 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Law and Economics as Interdisciplinary Exchange:: Philosophical, Methodological and Historical Perspectives

    Cserne, P. (ed.), Małecka, M. (ed.)
    Routledge. 191 pages
    Books and Reports: Books


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals